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fissionable

adjective Capable of undergoing a nuclear fission reaction.
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Shields can also help reactors work better by turning the energy released by the nuclear radiation into useful heat and reflecting neutrons back into the fissionable material.
These included limiting the production of fissionable material to peaceful uses only; creation of both a small UN nuclear weapons force, dubbed "Atoms for Police," and an elite NATO group armed with tactical weapons and atomic bombs; a comprehensive nuclear alliance with Great Britain; gradual transfer of previously produced fissionable material to peaceful purposes; and a nuclear test ban.
Keeping fissionable material from finding its way out of nations that possess nuclear weapons and into nations that do not will not by itself prevent proliferation, of course.
Production of electrical energy from fissionable materials is not as simple as that from some of the other methods.
George Killigan, a nuclear expert helping American agencies track usable material, said: "Much of the fissionable material stolen from the old Soviet Union has been routed to terror groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The Canadian government's current nuclear disarmament efforts are focused entirely on arms limitation measures, notably the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and a proposed treaty to stop the production of fissionable material for nuclear weapons.
Other radioactive materials used to produce nuclear energy include uranium 238 and thorium 232, which can be converted into plutonium 239 and uranium 233, respectively, and these then serve as fissionable materials.
After START II, the Russians will have exactly as much fissionable material as they had before the treaty was negotiated--over 900 tons of highly enriched uranium and weapon-grade plutonium.
In fact, the Safeguards Agreement spells out the AgencyeIUs eIuright and obligation to ensure that the safeguards will be applied, in accordance with the terms of this Agreement, on all source or special fissionable materialeIN.
The other possibility was to use surplus neutrons in a critical reactor to produce fissionable plutonium 239 from the more abundant U-238 isotope.
Rafi Eitan suspects that Iran already has enough enriched uranium fissionable material to manufacture at least one or two atom bombs of the Hiroshima type.
21, the plant started the test using depleted uranium to set the stage for a full-fledged operation to extract fissionable nuclear material from spent nuclear fuel.